Despite the total recall of Honey Smacks cereal in mid-June, about 30 more people have gotten sick from salmonella poisoning linked to the cereal. Now a total of 130 people have fallen ill because of the cereal, with 34 needing to be hospitalized.
This is likely linked to the fact that several food retailers still have the product on their shelves, something that people had reported seeing since mid-July. The recall was actually voluntary and Kelloggs, the company that makes Honey Smacks, has been nothing but upfront about the contamination since it happened. But that hasn’t stopped several stores from continuing to sell the cereal to people who may not be aware of the CDC’s warning.
Even if your particular box of Honey Smacks hasn’t gotten you sick yet, the extent of the outbreak isn’t totally clear, and they still aren’t safe to consume. After the first outbreak, the CDC tested samples of both opened and unopened Honey Smacks and found strains of salmonella in both. As a result, Kelloggs has recalled over one million cases of the cereal over the last few months. The salmonella has actually been linked to a specific third party facility that makes Honey Smacks, meaning that other Kellogg’s cereals are still safe to eat.
Salmonella is one of the most common forms of food poisoning and affects around one million people every year. An average of 23,000 of those cases require hospitalization, and only about 450 of them result in death. Still, Salmonella is common because it can live on dry food as well. Not to mention, it only takes a tiny amount and as little as 12 hours to strike. Symptoms of the infection include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. Consumers with any questions about the recall have been encouraged to contact Kelloggs through the recall website or by calling 1-800-962-1413.